Getting Started

The Application Process

The Louisville Institute seeks to fund innovative, experimental projects that will contribute to new learning within both church and academy. The first step in the application process is to make sure you have an established or up-to-date account with us. If you are not sure of your eligibility, check below to take our quick quiz to determine which program is right for you.

Create AccountCheck Eligibility

Applying for a Grant

Review the Grant Programs page to learn more about a particular grant program in which you may be interested. If you meet the eligibility criteria and wish to apply, create an account and you will be able to submit your grant application materials online.


Pastoral Study Project Project Grant for Researchers Sabbatical Grant for Researchers First Book Grant

Applying for a Fellowship

Competitive applicants are instructed to communicate why they are applying to the particular fellowship program, how their academic work informs their interest in theological education, and how it will benefit the larger church.

Review the Fellowships page to learn more about our three fellowship programs.


Postdoctoral Fellowship Dissertation Fellowship Doctoral Fellowship

Collaborative Inquiry Teams

Since 2014 Louisville Institute’s Collaborative Inquiry Team (CIT) program has supported teams of pastoral leaders and academic researchers who commit to explore together “a living question” of vital importance to church and society. Each team designed a research plan to create a “third space” bridging church and academy, inviting participants to share power, responsibilities, and ownership of the process.

Louisville Institute has decided to take a strategic pause from inviting additional grant proposals during the 2021 grant cycle. Rather than funding a new round of CIT grants, the Institute will focus on a) shepherding current teams-in-process; and b) conducting internal and external evaluation of the CIT program. This evaluation work will enable LI’s Advisory Board and staff to learn from the CITs funded to date.